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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 193, September 4, 1858

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Identifier: DX03569396

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 193, September 4, 1858

Description: Regarding Mrs. Church's departure for Europe.

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and [Willis] Patten were there also, with the husband of the former. A dismally rainy morning. Aboard for half an hour during which time Martin appeared. General good byes and the vessel steamed off. Saw Cyrus Field the man of the Ocean Telgraph, he being there to see somebody off. A tallish, spare, keen looking, fair-haired individual with a strongly characteristic American face — such a one as a caricaturist might easily exaggerate into the type-countenance of Brother Jonathan. Altogether a handsome face. He had white pants and an umbrella, and stood in the rain beside me watching the vessel move out. Called at [Frank] Pounden’s store. Return up town, damp and dirty and tired out. Rain all day and a perfect storm of it at night. There’s a very general expression of regret and regard at Mrs Church’s departure, in which I share. She is just the truest lady and best bred woman I have ever encountered. She comes of good stock, her father being a Kentucky gentleman of birth and breeding, once U.S. Counsul to some town (I think Marseilles) in France — though that wouldn’t necessarily arrogate any superiority in the social scale — and as I judge by her description a man of singularly honorable, kindly and refined nature — one of a class that did exist in this country in the last generation. Her mother was an Englishwoman and very handsome if her miniature may be trusted. Mrs Church herself was born in Paris. The family evidently moved in the best society, many of the celebrated persons of the epoch being known to it. Mr Church lived in Paris with Washington Irving,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-09-04

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries

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